40 Day Call to Prayer

1 July 2010 : Marriage, Family and the Future of our Nation

Twenty Christian leaders representing a wide range of denominations and parachurch groups have joined together to call people of faith to pray and fast for 40 days. The 40 Day Call to Prayer begins on Monday 5th July 2010 and finishes on National Marriage Day, 13th August 2010.

The focus of our prayers over this 40 day period is for the healing of the land according to 2 Chronicles 7:14 and the restoration and protection of marriage and family in our nation. Marriage is the cornerstone of families and families are the cornerstone of the nation. When marriage and family suffer our children suffer too. The future of our children is the future of our nation. Australia will soon be facing a Federal Election and the denigration of our nation’s Christian values is of concern to us all. The current political machinations of the past few weeks have been a catalyst for this Call to Prayer.

Nevertheless these are not the only issues: In Victoria, which is our new Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s home state, they can abort a baby up to birth. NSW is just as bad with high rates of abortion and the proposed Homosexual Adoption Bill which has been put forward by Clover Moore MP. Yet no state of Australia, nor any individual, has a monopoly on vice as "all of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God".

Fasting is good for our health. There are many ways to fast. You don’t have to fast every day over the 40 day period. Miss a meal once a day or fast once a week. Miss out on your sweets, drop tea and coffee or conduct a Daniel Fast and go vegetarian for 40 days. Make your own decision and take part as you feel appropriate.

Ps Peter Walker, Aboriginal Elder said, “Our nation needs healing and marriages need reconciliation. We as Christian people need to cry out for forgiveness on behalf of our land.”

Donny McGregor, leader of Generation Fire said, “We are excited to join with fellow believers in this call to prayer which will be part of the focus at our ‘Generation Fire National Gathering’ from 6-8 August 2010 in Canberra.”

Dr Graham McLennan, leader of the National Alliance for Christian Leaders said, “In Deuteronomy 9:7-27 the scriptures tell the story of how Moses saved his nation through prayer and fasting. I believe God is calling us to do the same.”

Barbara Miller from the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace said, “We are delighted to support the 40 Day Call to prayer as it ties in with our ‘Government of God Conference’ to be held at parliament House, Canberra from 21 July – 24 July 2010.”

Ps Ben Irawan from Sydney Life Centre said, “Three weeks ago I felt inspired to call our church to pray and fast for 40 days from 5 July to 13 August. I am excited to think that our church has been the catalyst for this national call to prayer.”

Warwick Marsh, founder of the Australian Christian Values Institute said that the scriptural injunction for our prayers is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Mary-Louise Fowler, Vice President of the Australian Family Association and Coordinator of the National Marriage Day said, “I am thrilled to support the 40 Day Call to Prayer for Marriage & Family in the lead up to National Marriage Day on 13th August 2010.”

 

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